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Tuesday, 1 February, 2000, 10:36 GMT
France: player profiles

Click here for profiles of four key France players.






Emile Ntamack


The turbo from Toulouse is enjoying an international renaissance after being recalled to the side for the 1999 Five Nations.

Has gathered a wealth of experience since making his Test debut in 1994 and they will need him if they are to turn their season into a success.

Born in Lyon, he is one of the most dangerous attackers in the French team and solid in defence.

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Christian Califano


One of the longest-serving members of the French team, Califano made his debut in the victory over New Zealand in 1994.

A very mobile prop, he once scored a hat-trick of tries against Romania.

A fearsome scrummager Califano will have to be at his best if France are to stage a revival after their superb World Cup form.

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Christophe Dominici


Dominici hit the headlines after his blistering performance during France's victory over New Zealand in the World Cup.

A genuine match-winner, his weaving runs can change the course of a match as he proved when he left both Christian Cullen and Jeff Wilson for dead at Twickenham.

With the build of Gerald Davies he cuts a diminutive figure. But defences be warned, Dominici is currently the most potent attacking force in European rugby.

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Fabien Pelous




"Grizzly" is the word most usually associated with France's new captain.

But despite his no-nonsense image, the massive Stade Toulousain lock is the new standard-bearer of coach Bernard Laporte's crusade to clean up French rugby.

An outstanding practitioner in one of rugby's less attractive roles, Pelous will nonetheless lead from the front as France attempt to re-establish themselves as masters of Europe.

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